Tom’s Diner gets historic designation recommendation from Denver’s Landmark Preservation Commission

Up next: a City Council committee, full council, then public hearing.
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Breakfast time at Tom’s Diner, East Colfax Avenue, Oct. 19, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver's Landmark Preservation Commission on Monday unanimously voted to recommend a historic designation for Tom's Diner.

The city's planning department confirmed the vote. It will now be up to a City Council committee to review the application and determine whether to grant the historic designation for the famed Colfax restaurant.

A spokesperson for the city's planning department said the application will be presented to the council's Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee over the next couple of weeks. The committee will then vote on whether to send the application to the full council, which would then host a public hearing on the application.

BusinessDen reported last month that the application was submitted against the wishes of the Tom's Diner owner, Tom Messina. The site reported that Messina wants to sell the property to a developer who wants to demolish the restaurant and put up a residential building. Five people are listed on the application for historic designation.

The restaurant was built in 1967 as part of a local White Spot restaurant chain and is an example of "Googie" architecture, which Historic Denver Executive Director Annie Levinsky told Denverite last month "made modernism feel playful and accessible to the populace." Her nonprofit helped the applicants file for the designation.

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